What does bore mean?

Definitions for borebɔr, boʊr

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word bore.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bore, dullard(noun)

    a person who evokes boredom

  2. tidal bore, bore, eagre, aegir, eager(noun)

    a high wave (often dangerous) caused by tidal flow (as by colliding tidal currents or in a narrow estuary)

  3. bore, gauge, caliber, calibre(noun)

    diameter of a tube or gun barrel

  4. bore, bore-hole, drill hole(verb)

    a hole or passage made by a drill; usually made for exploratory purposes

  5. bore, tire(verb)

    cause to be bored

  6. bore, drill(verb)

    make a hole, especially with a pointed power or hand tool

    "don't drill here, there's a gas pipe"; "drill a hole into the wall"; "drill for oil"; "carpenter bees are boring holes into the wall"


  1. bore(Noun)

    A sudden and rapid flow of tide in certain rivers and estuaries which rolls up as a wave; an eagre.

  2. Origin: From borian. Confer Danish bore, Norwegian bore, Dutch boren, German bohren, Old Norse bora. Cognate with Latin forare. Sense of wearying may come from a figurative use such as "to bore the ears"; confer German drillen.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bore

    of Bear

  2. Bore(verb)

    to perforate or penetrate, as a solid body, by turning an auger, gimlet, drill, or other instrument; to make a round hole in or through; to pierce; as, to bore a plank

  3. Bore(verb)

    to form or enlarge by means of a boring instrument or apparatus; as, to bore a steam cylinder or a gun barrel; to bore a hole

  4. Bore(verb)

    to make (a passage) by laborious effort, as in boring; as, to bore one's way through a crowd; to force a narrow and difficult passage through

  5. Bore(verb)

    to weary by tedious iteration or by dullness; to tire; to trouble; to vex; to annoy; to pester

  6. Bore(verb)

    to befool; to trick

  7. Bore(verb)

    to make a hole or perforation with, or as with, a boring instrument; to cut a circular hole by the rotary motion of a tool; as, to bore for water or oil (i. e., to sink a well by boring for water or oil); to bore with a gimlet; to bore into a tree (as insects)

  8. Bore(verb)

    to be pierced or penetrated by an instrument that cuts as it turns; as, this timber does not bore well, or is hard to bore

  9. Bore(verb)

    to push forward in a certain direction with laborious effort

  10. Bore(verb)

    to shoot out the nose or toss it in the air; -- said of a horse

  11. Bore(noun)

    a hole made by boring; a perforation

  12. Bore(noun)

    the internal cylindrical cavity of a gun, cannon, pistol, or other firearm, or of a pipe or tube

  13. Bore(noun)

    the size of a hole; the interior diameter of a tube or gun barrel; the caliber

  14. Bore(noun)

    a tool for making a hole by boring, as an auger

  15. Bore(noun)

    caliber; importance

  16. Bore(noun)

    a person or thing that wearies by prolixity or dullness; a tiresome person or affair; any person or thing which causes ennui

  17. Bore(noun)

    a tidal flood which regularly or occasionally rushes into certain rivers of peculiar configuration or location, in one or more waves which present a very abrupt front of considerable height, dangerous to shipping, as at the mouth of the Amazon, in South America, the Hoogly and Indus, in India, and the Tsien-tang, in China

  18. Bore(noun)

    less properly, a very high and rapid tidal flow, when not so abrupt, such as occurs at the Bay of Fundy and in the British Channel

  19. Bore

    imp. of 1st & 2d Bear


  1. Bore

    Bore is the diameter measurement of the cylinders in a piston engine. Engine displacement is calculated by: The term "bore" can also be applied to the bore of a locomotive cylinder.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bore

    bōr, v.t. to pierce so as to form a hole; to weary or annoy.—n. a hole made by boring: the size of the cavity of a gun; a person or thing that wearies (not from the foregoing, according to Dr Murray, who says both verb and noun arose after 1750).—ns. Bor′er, the person or thing that bores: a genus of sea-worms that pierce wood; a name common to many insects that pierce wood; Bor′ing, the act of making a hole in anything: a hole made by boring: (pl.) the chips produced by boring. [A.S. borian, to bore; cf. Ger. bohren; allied to L. for-āre, to bore, Gr. pharynx, the gullet.]

  2. Bore

    bōr, did bear, pa.t. of Bear.

  3. Bore

    bōr, n. a tidal flood which rushes with great violence up the estuaries of certain rivers, also called Eagre. [Ice. bára, a wave or swell.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Bore

    a watery ridge rushing violently up an estuary, due to a strong tidal wave travelling up a gradually narrowing channel. Bores are common in the estuary of the Ganges and other Asiatic rivers, in those of Brazil, and at the mouth of the Severn, in England.

Editors Contribution

  1. bore

    To create, construct, form or make an opening or passage in a specific place using an industry specific device or machinery to explore for a natural resource.

    Oil companies, gas companies and mining companies use bore underground and underwater to explore for oil, gas, coal, diamonds and other natural resources.

  2. bore

    To use an industry specific device, tool or machinery to create, construct, form or make an opening, passage, specific space or tunnel for a specific purpose.

    When an underground or underwater tunnel is being created they bore into the earth or sea bed to lay their foundations and create the opening or passage they need.

  3. bore

    The diameter of a tube or cylinder or an item of this shape.

    The bore of the concrete piping and tube was measured before they put into into the foundations of the building.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bore in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bore in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Callimachus (c. 260 B.C.):

    A big book is a big bore.

  2. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Every hero becomes a bore at last.

  3. Oscar Wilde:

    Bore: a man who is never unintentionally rude.

  4. Voltaire:

    The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.

  5. Ayn Rand:

    Senor d'Anconia said that you bore him, Mr. Taggart.

Images & Illustrations of bore

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Translations for bore

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • вътрешен диаметър, отвор, дупка, досаден човекBulgarian
  • barrinar, foradar, rissaga, avorrir, perforarCatalan, Valencian
  • vyvrtat, nudit, vrtatCzech
  • kede, boreDanish
  • Bohrung, bohren, langweilenGerman
  • tediEsperanto
  • aburrir, horadar, agujerear, perforar, taladroSpanish
  • porata, tylsistyttääFinnish
  • keða, boraFaroese
  • ennuyer, barber, mascaret, percerFrench
  • leadránaí, cró, toll, cró gunnaIrish
  • towlManx
  • לשעמםHebrew
  • kiváj, fúr, kifúr, untatHungarian
  • boraIcelandic
  • tediare, alesare, annoiareItalian
  • いらいらさせるJapanese
  • wiri, rōrea, oreore, poka, oreMāori
  • boren, vervelenDutch
  • kjede, boreNorwegian
  • aborrecer, cavar, chatear, entediarPortuguese
  • hut'kuyQuechua
  • plictisi, gauriiRomanian
  • отве́рстие, надоедать, сверлить, наскучивать, зану́да, надоесть, буравитьRussian
  • дoсадњаковић, досађи́вати, svrdlati, сврдлати, dosáditi, dosađívati, бу́шити, dodijati, dosadnjaković, додијати, доса́дити, búšitiSerbo-Croatian
  • borra, tråka ut, tråkmånsSwedish
  • بورUrdu
  • Chinese

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